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Deathwatch

Year:
Duration:
94 min
Genres:
Drama | Horror | War | Thriller
IMDB rate:
6
Director:
Michael J. Bassett
Awards:
1 win & 5 nominations
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 2002-11-07
Filming Locations: Benesov, Czech Republic
Earnings
Opening Weekend: £334,657 (UK) (8 December 2002)
Gross: £895,894 (UK) (29 December 2002)
Cast
Actor
Character
Jamie Bell
Pfc. Charlie Shakespeare
Rúaidhrí Conroy
Pvt. Colin Chevasse (as Ruaidhri Conroy)
Mike Downey
Martin Plummer
Roman Horák
German soldier (as Roman Horak)
Dean Lennox Kelly
Pvt. Willie McNess
Torben Liebrecht
Friedrich
Kris Marshall
Pvt. Barry Starinski
Hugh O'Conor
Anthony Bradford
Matthew Rhys
Cpl. Doc Fairweather
Andy Serkis
Pvt. Thomas Quinn
Pavel Tesar
Mudman
Did you know?
Trivia
Writer/director Michael J. Bassett originally wanted to call the movie "The Third Part of Man," which refers to how war robs man of a third of his humanity.
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Jamie Bell originally whistled "It's a Long Way to Tipperary," but the rights to this particular song proved to be too expansive so it was changed to "Silent Night, Holy Night" in post-production.
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Torben Liebrecht had to be taken to the hospital to be treated for exposure after all the scenes where he's tied to a cross were shot.
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Goofs
In the abandoned trench, the Sergeant berates his men by saying, "...this isn't a holiday camp." Although the notion of a "holiday camp" existed in Britain as early as 1897, it was not until the opening of the first Butlins at Skegness in 1937 that the term entered general usage.
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The British soldiers use the Lee-Enfield No.4 MK I. The trials version of this rifle was not made until the late-'20s and early 30's. Full production of this rifle did not begin until 1941.
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The first night in the German bunker shows Shakespeare with a folded blanket on his lap, but moments later he is thrown a blanket and the folded blanket is gone.
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Quotes
Sgt. David Tate: All right, boys lets get this trench secure.
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Pvt. Willie McNess: Shoot him!
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Cpl. Doc Fairweather: McNess, what are you doing?
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Faq
Q
Im confused at the end, were the soldiers in the real world after the battle?
A
There are many theories about the movie circulating in the cyberspace. Among them are: 1. The soldiers died in the raid against the Germans on the Western Front when the enemy gunned them down and the gas was dropped on them. The trench that they come across is a form of purgatory for their sins in their previous lives. The men that escape or are murdered by their own comrades are free to start a new life and the men either killed or attacked by the trench have to repeat the whole process all over again under the eye of Friedrich (Torben Liebrecht), who resembles a type of judge.2. The whole film is an allegory of the Bible. Such events suggest this as a scene where one of the men is crucified, a biblical tagline, quotes from the Bible itself, a DVD case with the picture of a man wearing a crown of barbed wire, blood on a bible, and the cross. The soldiers are going crazy like the Boche soldiers before them under the influence of the gas the night before. In their insanity they kill each other, hear things that aren't real, see strange things like barbed wire growing out of the ground and see dug-outs that they recently exploded come back to their original formation.3. The soldiers are going crazy like the Boche soldiers before them under the influence of the gas the night before. In their insanity they kill each other, hear things that aren't real, see strange things like barbed wire growing out of the ground and see dug-outs that they recently exploded come back to their original formation.4. Friedrich is an evil entity. While the soldiers were wandering through the fog, Friedrich leads them to the trench. Here he tests them; those who fail are killed, and those who pass survive and are free to leave the trench. The ending scene in the movie could represent either the original soldiers coming to the trench, or a new group. The new perspective, from which we can see Friedrich's face, is meant to show a sense of knowing, suggesting that he planned for the soldiers to arrive so that he could kill the unworthy.Whichever of these theories is right, Director Michael J. Bassett is keeping a secret saying that it is important that people decide the correct answer themselves. As there are many compliments sent to the director on his website, there is also much criticism by people who cannot understand the end and the fact that the viewer must think about the ending for himself.
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Photos from cast
Laurence Fox Hans Matheson Hugo Speer